Bay Area Backcountry Buddies Message Board › Mineral King Loop, Aug 8-11th
San Francisco, CA
I've got a permit for 4 for a 4 day trip (Aug 8th-11th) out of the Mineral King trailhead in Sequoia. My car can comfortably hold 3 folks plus gear, so I am looking for up to 2 people to join me, although we could do 4 total if somebody with a bigger car can drive. Here is the itinerary:
Thurs Aug 8th: Depart early, early from SF (say 5:30) for a 5 hr drive to the Mineral King trailhead. Backpack ~7 miles over Timber Gap to a site near to the Pinto Creek (2500ft climb (8K->9.5K->7k->8K)).
Fri Aug 9th: Backpack ~ 10 miles over Black Rock Pass (3500 ft climb (8K->11.6K->10.5K)) to a site near to Big Five Lakes (10.5K).
Sat Aug 10th: Backpack ~8.4 miles to Columbine Like (1300 ft climb (10K->9.6K->10.9K)) to a site near to Columbine Lake
Sun Aug 11th: Backpack ~5 miles out via Sawtooth Pass (600 ft climb (10.9K->11.5K->8K) with a ~4 miles side trip option to Crystal Lake if desired. Drive back to SF arriving late.
Here is EveryTrails map/description of the classic loop: http://www.everytrail....
I am a decently strong, decently fast hiker. I'd love company for the trip. Drop me a line if you are interested.